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Neil Armstrong, photographed by Buzz Aldrin shortly after the Apollo 11 EVA

Posted on June 10th, 2011 at 22:24 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. One of my heroes.

Killing in the name of…

Posted on June 10th, 2011 at 22:00 by John Sinteur in category: News


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A Spectacular Event – A Filament/Prominence Eruption to Blow Your Socks Off!

Posted on June 10th, 2011 at 21:53 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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The email was titled, ”Never seen anything like this before – spectacular”. And he wasn’t kidding!


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protolol

Posted on June 10th, 2011 at 19:58 by John Sinteur in category: Quote

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“The prob­lem with TCP jokes is that peo­ple keep retelling them slower until you get them.”


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  1. Oh, man, back off!!!

Anti-Piracy Lawyers Found Guilty of Professional Misconduct

Posted on June 10th, 2011 at 18:11 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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A pair of lawyers who were responsible for the introduction of so-called Speculative Invoicing into the UK, have both been found guilty of professional misconduct by a tribunal. Among other charges, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found that the pair from law firm Davenport Lyons knowingly targeted innocent people. They now face a range of sanctions from monetary penalties through to being disbarred.


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  1. Monetary penalties AND disbarring. That’s how it should go.

A gay teen describes her experience at a Utah brainwashing facility

Posted on June 10th, 2011 at 14:00 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A survivor has given me permission to post her story of the time she spent at a teen facility in Utah


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Cartoons

Posted on June 10th, 2011 at 11:36 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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IMF considered harmful

Posted on June 10th, 2011 at 11:30 by John Sinteur in category: News

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So when in 2001 the IMF found out the Malawian government had built up large stockpiles of grain in case there was a crop failure, they ordered them to sell it off to private companies at once. They told Malawi to get their priorities straight by using the proceeds to pay off a loan from a large bank the IMF had told them to take out in the first place, at a 56 per cent annual rate of interest. The Malawian president protested and said this was dangerous. But he had little choice. The grain was sold. The banks were paid.

The next year, the crops failed. The Malawian government had almost nothing to hand out. The starving population was reduced to eating the bark off the trees, and any rats they could capture. The BBC described it as Malawi’s "worst ever famine." There had been a much worse crop failure in 1991-2, but there was no famine because then the government had grain stocks to distribute. So at least a thousand innocent people starved to death.

At the height of the starvation, the IMF suspended $47m in aid, because the government had ‘slowed’ in implementing the marketeering ‘reforms’ that had led to the disaster. ActionAid, the leading provider of help on the ground, conducted an autopsy into the famine. They concluded that the IMF "bears responsibility for the disaster."

Then, in the starved wreckage, Malawi did something poor countries are not supposed to do. They told the IMF to get out. Suddenly free to answer to their own people rather than foreign bankers, Malawi disregarded all the IMF’s ‘advice’, and brought back subsidies for the fertiliser, along with a range of other services to ordinary people. Within two years, the country was transformed from being a beggar to being so abundant they were supplying food aid to Uganda and Zimbabwe.


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  1. Hmm…telling the foreign usurers to get farked worked for Argentina. Perhaps self-reliance is important to a nation.

  2. The IMF’s real purpose: cause problems for developing nations until they get fed up enough to take action on their own.

    Because that’s how the Free Market works, right?